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Review in: Just Disappointment League

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Justice League was a critical point film. After the release of Wonder Woman, Warner Brothers’ DC films found the perfect turning point to relieve themselves of some of their prior filmography gaffs. The lukewarm Man of Steel, followed by the universally panned Batman V Superman, and the identity-confused Suicide Squad all combined to give DC superhero movies the earned reputation of being inferior Marvel film clones. With the release of Wonder Woman, I honestly felt they finally began how to understand the tired formula they were ripping off. It was decently paced, I liked the character development, and the only real improvements I could offer were to lose the abused slow-mo, ditch the awful CG effects, and to improve the story and dialog writing to not require so much damned exposition. I think you can figure out the reason for including a mini-review in this review if you weren’t already…

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Justice League Dark: Bland Magic

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For a few people I knew, trying to dive into the lore of D.C. Comics without already being versed in some of its history was like diving into to an Olympic pool filled with concrete. You feel euphoric starting to fall into the material, but then your mind scatters once you hit the large chunks of lore that require prior knowledge. Having characters and histories that are as old as most of your grandparents made this a real problem for new readers; it felt like you needed to be a historian to follow some elements of D.C. plotlines. This was one of the reasons “The New 52” revamp was launched: to provide a fresh start for old and new readers alike. The New 52 wasn’t limited to the comics, and eventually became the main universe for DC animated films, such as Justice League Dark. Justice League Dark is an animated…

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The Autopsy Report: Batman v Superman

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March 24 was quite a pleasant Thursday, for the most part. A friend and I discovered how fun a game by the name of Grim Dawn was, and I got to take in some actual sun – which has been too rare this year. As the evening approached, I had this film to look forward to, even if only for schadenfreude at the films expense. Two and a half hours later from show time, I left for the parking lot with a good handful of notes, barely legible because of the dark theater. I didn’t laugh at the film like I thought I would. Rather, I only laughed in disbelief. This whole film will be critiqued from this point on, including plot details. Read at your own peril. It has been quite a long time since I saw a film with such a clear lack of focus from its own plot…

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Batman v Superman | Done with Justice

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Hollywood has been running out of original ideas for films for some time now. Sequels upon sequels have hit the market with only a good handful of original films seeing life on the silver screen. This is perfectly encapsulated by one specific genre of films, and I feel it’s a safe bet that this genre in particular is going to crash in the near future. Cape films, a.k.a. Superhero movies, are becoming a saturated genre of films with 24 of them having been released since 2010. Hollyweird doesn’t seem like they intend to stop. Of course, if these films still manage to print money, why should they? The reason I bring up the saturation is to illustrate the problem I have had with cape films as of late, especially for the ones in DC’s corner. Saturation of popular genres inevitably brings with them a flood of movies that never change…

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Review: Season 2 “Gotham: Rise of the Villains”

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The much anticipated second season of the TV show revolving around Batman’s youth has finally made its way to our screens. Gotham has only been around one full season and made its debut last September by sucking us long-time fans of Batman deeper into the world. Despite the sometimes cheesy nature of the show–I’m talking about you, random camera angles–the overall feel of it was excitement for its return. Now first, all we knew about season two was that it had a different name, which implied some changes to the story line. Instead of just “Gotham” the show is now called “Gotham: Rise of the Villains.” When I had first heard about the name update last summer, I was hoping it wasn’t going to become a major cheese-fest during amateur hour. Thankfully, the first episode was anything but. Season two connects to one month after the last episode in season one ended. The story immediately…

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